A NEW APPROACH: Industry Watch: Developing Apps Horizontally. The most important change in how custom software is created these days has nothing to do with programming languages, development environments, agile methodologies or code repositories. Instead, it’s about taking a horizontal approach to application development, which allows for shared resources, composite pieces and staying up to date.
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RAD TOOLS: Don’t Let Your App Choke During Development: Use A RAD Solution. Every day we hear that IT teams are under growing pressure to deliver an ever increasing number of apps. Managers and executives want to see immediate results without understanding the amount of work that goes into coding an application by hand. Read more

APP DEVELOPMENT: 21 Questions To Answer Before You Start That Mobile App. You have an idea for a mobile app that will help extend your business and reach out to new and existing customers. Great! But before you send a development team to work on it, you’ll want to make sure you’ve answered these 21 questions. Read more


DEFENSE DEPARTMENT: DARPA to Put Fab Lab at Navy Ship Maintenance Center. A high-tech fabrication facility aims to enhance ship maintenance & repair by enabling more cost-effective training and rapid onsite production of parts and components. Read more

STATE GOVERNMENT: Cloud Adoption Gains Traction With State, Local Agencies. The breadth of state and local governments embracing cloud computing came into sharper focus late last week when Microsoft released new figures showing that 395 state and local government agencies and 150 federal agencies are now making use of the company’s Azure Government community cloud. Read more

LOUISIANA: Are Student Privacy Laws Hurting Students? A new law bars school districts from sharing personally identifiable information without parental consent. But administrators say the bill goes too far. Read more


DIGITAL CURRENCY: Data Security Is Becoming the Sparkle in Bitcoin. Some couples opt for a traditional wedding, while others go for the Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas. But David Mondrus and Joyce Bayo may be the first to have incorporated Bitcoin. Read more

NETWORK SECURITY: 5 Signs That The Firewall’s Not Dead Yet. It’s been nearly two decades since the security pundits declared the death of the firewall, and yet the technology still lives on. Like tape storage and mainframes, firewalls are just the type of technology that continues to not only survive, but thrive in the IT ecosystem, due to their established role in the network. Read more


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ATTN: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – April 7, 2015

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